When the decision was made to bring the Combine back to its original form last year, we were quite aware that a lot of the more advanced players would be left out of the event. The Combine in it’s original form was meant to help new players find teams, and over the past few years the event had been heading in a different direction – a lot of the players that were registering were already on teams, they were simply interested in just getting some time in with the Pro players and taking their chances on winning some crazy, cool prizes. Because we get it, we wanted everyone who wanted to be here to be able to be here that weekend but we needed a way to keep the integrity of the Combine itself intact but have a place for the more advanced players to go and you know, still showcase that talent… CombineX is where the Beast of the East was born.
The idea of the event was to find New England’s best all around player thru a series of pro practice drills and scrimmages and make them work to show they were not just in fact amongst some of the best players in New England but possibly the best. I remember thinking during that even that it wasn’t quite what I think anyone thought it would be like, it seemed as though a lot of players were caught a little off guard, but in a good way, the way that makes you pay attention and see what you can learn and do better. The pros certainly put them thru their paces – and you could see confidence rise and fall depending on what was thrown their way. Along with finding the best player New England had to offer, the Beast of the East event was going to do the same thing the Combine was doing, building a “Dream Team” to send out nationally and represent the best the Northeast had to offer. From the 38 players that registered, 12 were chosen to represent the Northeast in the PSP Nashville event, the one event that most teams were’t committed to playing – so we weren’t breaking teams up to make it happen and then without warning – PSP Nashville didn’t happen. The layout had been released, the team had been registered, had gotten together and practiced, were making travel arrangements and before you knew it the PSP was no more and in it’s place was the NXL. 4 events to finish the season, most of the players committed to the remaining events already and we couldn’t collectively make the team happen. We haven’t given up hope of getting them all on the same page at an event this season – but we couldn’t risk the same issues with a second team, so we have changed it up a bit this year.
The concept is the same, only the players will have to make an initial cut – be amongst the top half of the player to qualify to be crowned. Players will be selected by the pros to compete in the Beast Bracket, advancing to compete in one on ones by exemplifying the mastery of their core skills, playing to win none other than a Special Edition Boston Paintball…... The pros will once again call on them to dig deep and prove they have what it takes to wear that crown and be called the 2016 BEAST of the East. Don’t make the cut for overall Beast? There’s a bracket for those players too.
Registration is now Open. Think were were a little overlooked last season and have something to prove? Throw your name in the ring. Know someone who would never claim to be as good as you KNOW they are? Get them registered.